Premiere: Brandon Whyde // Come To Jesus

Brandon Whyde

I would often walk into a Fountain Square bar and there would sit Brandon Whyde…relaxed, beyond cool, smiling and being smiled back at by the prettiest lady in the room. I couldn’t help but admire his aesthetic. He was (is) cool, but he was also, maybe surprisingly to some, shy and kind, and if you broke through with a little effort, easy to talk to to.

Whyde is a soulful singer-songwriter with a penchant for mourning and reflection. His whiskey-infused voice tells tales that sometimes will make you weep and other times will make you holler in celebration. He’s seen his fair share of success, in his early career. He’s opened for the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, Lady Antebellum, and Nathaniel Rateliff, and he even sang at Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl’s wedding.

Whyde ultimately decided to leave Indianapolis. He headed to the greener musical pastures of Nashville, Tennessee to create his third album, “Silver Apples of the Moon,” which he’ll release on September 19th. When he wasn’t working on the album, he was co-writing songs with Grammy-winning country songwriter Clint Lagerberg and modern Americana music stars Jamie Kenney, Tony Lucca and Stone Aielli.

Whyde’s new album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Nutt in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and it includes some of the veteran musicians who helped The Shoals earn acclaim as a hotbed of musical talent. Spooner Oldham, who played keyboards on Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and Bob Wray, who’s played bass on more than 30 #1 country hits, are just a few of the artists appearing on “Silver Apples of the Moon.” Today, we premiere the first song and video from the album, “Come To Jesus.”

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Premiere: Louisville’s BRENDA Share Video for “bb’s buttons”

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Currently working on their debut LP, last year, four-piece BRENDA released their sneaky good second EP, NIGHTSCHOOL. The release was an explosion of reverb-filled fun, however their was one outlier on the collection with “bb’s buttons.” While the song cuts loose in moments, there is an consistent sweetness permeating from the lyrics and the layered boy/girl harmonies throughout. The video continues that sweetness visualizing the story of two people coming together. Watch below.

Dinner Returns with New LP, Shares Video for “Un-American Woman”

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Danish musician Anders Rhedin, known better under his moniker Dinner, has announced a new LP, New Work, slated for release on September 8th via Captured Tracks. The album is was created over a intense period of late-night session with a conscious effort to be more collaborative enlisting assistance from Charlie Hilton and Sean Nicholas Savage. “Un-American Woman” is the first song from the release and, per Rhedin, is “about disillusionment and a fear of being stuck in a certain lifestyle” and a desire to be in “constant movement.” It also draws inspiration from William Blake’s Proverbs of Hell. Sonically, the song vocally is Morrissey meets Nico over sharp, interwoven instrumentation and comes in tow with a visual. The pre-order can be found here, including a limited edition clear vinyl release.

Premiere: S.M. Wolf Unveil Video for “We All Decided No”

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Indianapolis S.M. Wolf, the project of Amo Joy led by Adam Gross and including Melanie Rau, Rachel Enneking, and Ben Leslie released their excellent debut LP back towards the end of 2015. Recently, they hooked up with Tanner Standridge and BrainTwins to put together a visual for LP highlight “We All Decided No” starring some of their friend’s kids. Says Gross of the clip, “we were trying to go for an Alice in Wonderland-type theme where a girl finds herself in a strange psychedelic world full of demented animations and oddities.” He continues, “we soon find that her twin brother was captured by a monster, and she’s trying to save him from his hypnotic trance.” The video was a completely DIY affair with Gross and Standridge creating props and doing the stop-motion animation resulting in what Gross calls a “playful and dark” dark compliment to the track.

Along with the video below, you can grab their debut album on sweet neon green w/ black splatter vinyl courtesy of Jurassic Pop and a 7″ lathe-cut single via Joyful Noise.

Beach Fossils Share Video for “Sugar”

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The latest LP, Somersault, from Beach Fossils has been one of the more satisfying releases for us in 2017. From start to finish, it just always seems to hit the right notes no matter what mood we’re in. They just dropped a rad skateboarding-centric visual for one of the standout tracks “Sugar” directed by Justin Carlson and featuring the band along with skaters Josh Matthews and Kevin Lowry working boards. It is a nice compliment to the hazy, almost slacker vibes of the song. You can grab the LP here still on sweet white with red splatter vinyl.

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Premiere : Tyler Childers singing “Honky Tonk Flame” at Sun King Brewery

We’ve been excited proponents of the movement back towards old school and outlaw country. Artists like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton have brought back authenticity and much-needed real-life grit to country music. This resurgence has now brought forth a second generation, if you will, to get very excited about, and Tyler Childers is a fellow Kentuckian that certainly fits that description. Childers was born in Lawrence County, Kentucky, a small, dwindling coal mining area in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, so he knows more than a little bit about struggle and underbelly of lawlessness and booze that is glossed over by the thick fog of religion in these poor, rural areas.

The new 10-song album, Purgatory, recorded at Nashville’s The Butcher Shoppe studio, was produced by Sturgill Simpson as well as David Ferguson. It features Simpson on acoustic guitar and to no surprise a host of world-renowned players (Stuart Duncan, Miles Miller, and Russ Pahl, among others).

Lucky Indianapolis show-goers can catch Childers this Saturday at the Sun King Brewery VIII Anniversary party, which also features Nikki Lane and Parker Milsap! Tickets available at MOKB Presents.com

Toro y Moi Announces New LP, Unveils Video for “Girl Like You”

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One of the hardest workers and true chameleons in the game, Chaz Bear (fka Bundick) releasing his fifth studio, named Boo Boo, album under the Toro y Moi moniker on July 7th via Carpark Records. The album was recorded over the last year in Portland, Oregon during a trying time for the multi-talented artist. The following is a personal statement from the man himself about the LP:

After 7 years of touring and recording, I found myself becoming self conscious about my position in life as a “famous” person, or at least my version of whatever that is. My dreams had become my reality, yet I was somehow unable to accept this new environment. I couldn’t help but fall into what might be described as an identity crisis. A feedback loop of fearful thoughts left me feeling confused. I felt as though I no longer knew what it was that I actually wanted and needed in and out of life, and at times I felt unable to even tell what was real.

During this time of personal turmoil, I turned to music as a form of therapy, and it helped me cope with the pain that I was feeling. I’d listen to the same ambient song over and over again, trying to insulate myself from reality. I fell in love with space again.

By the time I felt ready to begin working on a new record, I knew that this idea of space within music would be something that propelled my new work forward. The artists that were influencing what I was making included everyone from Travis Scott to Daft Punk, Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never, Kashif and Gigi Masin. I recognized that the common thread between these artists was their attention to a feeling of space, or lack thereof. I decided that I wanted to make a Pop record with these ideas in mind. That idea for a record is what eventually became Boo Boo.

Below is a visual for the melodic first single “Girl Like You.” Pre-order the release on all formats here.